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PEN COP: What is ‘a word of prayer’ doing in journalism?

Former Majority Leader Aden Duale has been sacked, but not because he is incompetence (Star, June 23, p.5). Of course Duale is not “incompetence”, sigh.

The meeting, attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta who is the Jubilee Party leader (Nation online, June 22). What kind of sentence is that?

Ngilu, who is the Narc Kenya party leader, has blamed Kalonzo for her woes (People Daily, June 23, p.6). Martha Karua is the Narc Kenya party leader.

Meru County Woman Representative Kawira Mwangaza opened and closed the meeting with a word of prayer after being invited by Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju (Nation, June 23, p8). Why “a word of prayer” and not just a prayer? What’s this preachy phrase doing in journalism?

Health services may take a turn for the worst following threats of industrial action by doctors if county governments continue to fall short of collective bargaining agreements and delayed salaries (Nation, June 23, p.9). The correct form of the expression is “take a turn for the worse”.

In a new Covid-19 testing strategy being developed by the Ministry of Health, there will be no mass target testing in the country, this is even as the country clicked 100 days since the virus was detected (Nation, June 23, p.10). “Clicked”? Meaning what?

In a draft document under discussion, the country will now be testing only those with symptoms and in quarantine centres and only those who exhibit the symptoms (Nation, June 23, p.10). What was being communicated here?

This even has (?) 80 per cent of those infected are asymptomatic, they are not showing any symptoms…

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